Sermons

Sermons

Development: Cultivating Your Needed Maturity

God has created us for and called us to unique tasks. As particularly gifted and positioned disciples, we each should pursue the needed maturity to do what God has called us to accomplish. Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity Category #4: Development “present everyone mature” (Col. 1:28) Evaluate Would you label yourself as maturing? You don’t have to be there yet, but you should be getting there. Every believer has been gifted in specific ways requiring distinctive…

Doctrine: Strengthening Your Uncertain Beliefs

While we all know some degree of biblical knowledge, we each should probably know a little bit more by now. Committed disciples need to strengthen any uncertain beliefs by targeted study. Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity Category #3: Doctrine “teaching everyone with all wisdom” (Col. 1:28). Evaluate How familiar am I with the Word of God? If the Church is ignorant with the Scriptures, why are we surprised that our culture is intolerant? Each of us…

Disobedience: Confronting Your Sinful Leanings

While we all struggle with sin, we are each prone to wander in different ways. For those confronting disobedience in their own lives, God provides a path of escape through every temptation. Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity Category #2: Disobedience “warning everyone” (Col. 1:28). 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 10 For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into…

Delight: Finding Your Necessary Motive

If unhealthy expectations fuel our reasoning for spiritual growth, we will eventually stall out. Our growth must be motivated by delight rather than obligation. Distinctive Discipleship – Designing Specific Plans for Christian Maturity Category #1: Delight “To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim…” (Col. 1:27-28). Evaluate: Why do you desire to grow in Christ?…

Help for the Uniquely Stagnate Christian

If you feel like you are stuck in your Christian walk, then it is time to start moving again. The solution for spiritual stagnation is distinctive discipleship. Colossians 1:27-29 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this…

Pursuing Personal Integrity

David desired to see holiness restored among God’s people, and so he decided to start it by focusing on himself. If we long to see revival, we must pursue our own personal integrity first. Psalm 101 101 I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will make music. 2 I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; 3 I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.…

Worship Is a Lifestyle

David had experienced God’s deliverance repeatedly during his life, and so have we. Such a constant help deserves more than an occasional offering. Psalm 34 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times;     his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD;     let the humble hear and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me,     and let us exalt his name together! 4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me     and delivered me from…

If We Got What We Deserved

While we honestly hope that others receive what they deserve, do we really want that for ourselves? David cried out to God because he was fully aware of his own need for mercy. Psalm 28 28 To you, O Lord, I call;     my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me,     I become like those who go down to the pit. 2 Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy,     when I cry to you for help,…

If We Would Just Listen to God

As we rejoice in who God is and remember what He has done, it should often call us to repent of the sins we have committed. Many of our personal struggles could be avoided if we would just listen to God. Psalm 81 81 Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob! 2 Raise a song; sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp. 3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast…

Denying God Leads to Redefining Good

David dismayed the effects that atheism has on a person and on a society. People often deny the reality of God so that they can redefine the commandments of God. Atheist – believes there is “no God” Agnostic – believes there is “no knowledge” to determine if God exists Practical Atheist – denies God with a careless lifestyle Psalm 14 14:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”     They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;     there is none…

No Shortcuts for the Righteous

David warned worshipers not to envy evildoers when their lives seemed prosperous. We must learn to trust God for His provision and forsake any unrighteous shortcuts during challenging times. Don’t Envy the Unrighteous [Ps. 37:1-11] Don’t envy unrighteous people, because while their present might seem pleasurable, their future is painful (37:2, 8-10). When you delight yourself in the LORD, He gives you the desires of your heart because they finally align with His (37:4). No matter what others are experiencing around you, trust in the…

Restored to Life [10:30]

When David experienced the discipline of God due to his sin, God graciously restored his life. Even through these times, God showed that his justified discipline in our lives is always good and gracious.